Driving the Distance

Make Sure It's Pain-Free

  • by onRoute
  • Sep 4, 2012
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Good Driving Posture: The best angle for your seat is at 100 degrees - slightly back from sitting straight up. Hands should be in the three and nine o'clock positions on the steering wheel. Relax into your seat so that muscle pressure is not concentrated, leaving the body firm but relaxed.

Head Support: Adjust your head-rest so that it touches the middle of the back of your head.

Lower Back Support: If your seat offers lumbar support, adjust it to fill the space at your lower back; if not, a small pillow will maintain the right shape from tailbone to neck. Adjust your seat close enough to the steering wheel to avoid leaning forward. The seat is designed to touch your entire back - make sure it does!

Qualified Physiotherapist, Richard Feher gives us the guidelines for pain-free long distance driving.

Adjust Mirrors: Give yourself the widest field of vision with your mirrors so you don't have to move your head around to see properly.

Avoid Eyestrain: Driving with poor vision can lead to eyestrain and cause you to crane your neck forward, putting pressure on your neck muscles. If you're straining to see while driving, you need to get your eyes checked.

Take a Break: Stop every hour if possible to stretch your neck, shoulders, waist and knees. Walk a little to increase the speed at which blood flows through your veins.

Richard Feher has worked with Orlando Pirates FC, Chelsea FC and Tonga Rugby. He is also a columnist for SKY SPORT, Business Day and SA Rugby. He has cycled around the European continent, motorcycled solo from Cape to Cairo and run to Mount Everest over the Himalayas.

www.richardfeherphysiotherapy.co.za | 011 791 3454 | physiofeher@telkomsa.net